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Clip of Thai-speaking 'farang' complaining about Phuket taxi fares goes viral

PHUKET: A clip of a Thai-speaking westerner complaining about expensive Phuket transport has riled up emotions on social media.

By The Phuket News

Sunday 19 June 2016, 07:24AM

Photo: Jack Brown Facebook

Photo: Jack Brown Facebook

The video clip, with a length of two minutes and 29 seconds, was initially uploaded by Facebook user, Jack Brown on Saturday afternoon (June 18) and by Sunday morning had amassed more than 105,000 views and 11,000 Likes.

The clip was later uploaded to his Youtube channel (see below). 

Also known as Jack Dekfarang, Jack Brown rose to a popularity among Thais and Thai-language learners on Youtube and Facebook over the past few years for posting clips of himself speaking Thai with a clear yet distinguishable accent, commenting on various topics and issues.

He's been featured on a number of segments of Thai TV talkshows, telling the hosts and cameras how much he loves Thailand and Thai people, in Thai with an "adorable western accent". 

In his latest viral clip "What happened with Phuket taxis" [translated from Thai เกิดอะไรขื้นกับแทกซี่ภูเก็ต], he is filming himself while walking down the street.

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He claims to be in Kata, on the southwest coast of Phuket, where he explains that he will take a short taxi ride back to his hotel, at a distance of about 1 kilometre, just to "demonstrate how expensive Phuket taxis are".

At the end of the trip, the taxi charges him B200, and Jack pays it without incident, but doesn't end the clip without giving his two satang's worth, in Thai, suggesting that something needs to be done about expensive transport in Phuket. 

The clip was later shared on a Thai-language Phuket news and complaints group, where it recieved mixed reactions.

Some Phuket netizens agreed with Jack, that something needs to be done, "before tourists don't come back", while others criticized the westerner for failing to agknowledge the difference between private transport options (such as tuk tuks and taxis) and public transport options (such as sawng taeos) which they pointed out are available in Phuket for between B20 to B40 per trip.



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Joe12 | 26 June 2016 - 16:58:23

Rorri...I understand that your English and comprehension is not that good.  The meaning of "suggest" is to cause one to think that (something) exists or is the case , or to put forward for consideration. By you stating  " would like to..." fits into that meaning.

I can't understand the meaning nor the point of the rest of your comments as it's just garbage. 

Rorii | 25 June 2016 - 15:08:42

Joe12, you are harping on AGAIN, nowhere did I "suggest" you "tell other countries that have laws against charging locals, and foreigners different prices" my wording in fact was "I guess you would like to", you seem to rewrite what I said, similar to Ed, from that defunct blog. AS for the rest of your dribble, you went back a few comments to repeat ad nauseam, the si...

Joe12 | 24 June 2016 - 23:23:31

Rorii.. I can't as you suggest, "tell other countries that have laws against charging locals, and foreigners different prices" because there aren't any. 

Governments are reluctant to interfere with market forces. For example, if I have an apple that is valued at TB20 and I advertise and sell it TB200, the only official reaction I would get is, "smart man, good luck to you...

Rorii | 24 June 2016 - 15:32:02

Joe12, if you read that article AGAIN, it states the chinese were using FAKE id cards.“These companies had Chinese or other foreigners using fake identification cards to register the businesses and had nominees using fake IDs to register as shareholders. The ID cards were obtained from a province in Northern Thailand,”  there is NOTHING said about charges relating to using nominees.
NOW, go f...

Joe12 | 24 June 2016 - 08:08:07 is one article, where you keep stating and are adamant that nominees are not illegal...
If you read the relevant acts it also states that, but clearly you have no idea.

Also, try reading articles and what people say, then try and comprehend them. What's the poi...

Rorii | 23 June 2016 - 16:01:42

Joe12, nonsense is something that you are king of, you have yet to provide ANY proof I am wrong, NOT once have you shown any link you prove you right and me wrong, time and time again I have shown proof, time and time again you haven't. 

20 baht bus is 20 baht, not hard for most to understand, but for some reason, possibly dementia, or depression, from running a failed blog, you simply can ...

Joe12 | 23 June 2016 - 08:52:45 what I said.It's like you saying that using nominees is not illegal, but the next day people get arrested for what you state is legal. Read also the comments by Gat. That should put paid to the nonsense you write.

Rorii | 22 June 2016 - 17:51:42

Joe12, I guess you would like to tell some other countries, that have laws against charging locals, and foreigners, different prices, for the same services, that they have got it wrong, and that a tourist such ask, every time, whether they pay the same price as locals, and in this case, they should pay more than 20 baht on a 20 baht bus.

Joe12 | 22 June 2016 - 07:46:16

malczx...who and why people use buses is irrelevant. The notion of "price discovery" applies whether you hire a bicyle, skateboard or airplane. Like I said in response to Sam, "If you paid what you did without question then it what's Gat has stated "price discovery" and what the market (you) is prepared to pay." 

There is also a valid legal contract formed, in ...

malczx7r | 21 June 2016 - 16:52:14

Joe12 you've never used the baht bus before then! It\'s one price no mater where you get on or get off, i used to use it regularly from Chalong to Central and no matter when you got on or off it was 20B for that bus and it\'s journey

Christy Sweet | 21 June 2016 - 09:54:58

Sam, not sure if I'd call it racism. Thais pretty much gouge  all foreigners equally. They'd gouge other Thais too, but they know each other too well to pull it off.

Jome | 20 June 2016 - 23:23:51

Hi Gat
Once they go to Krabi or somewhere else in Thailand and get a taxi ride for 10 km or more for 60 baht they will start to think...........

Gat Huckle | 20 June 2016 - 20:26:21

 Jome, how's this for a conversation that never has happened and never will.

Person #1: So, how was your trip to Phuket?
Person #2: It was great. While you stayed here freezing I got warm tropical weather for two weeks. My resort was very nice and maybe two kilometers from the beach. The food was excellent, I got a relaxing massage everyday, and I even had a 'girlfriend' for a few ...

Joe12 | 20 June 2016 - 19:50:31 dont say where the "other passengers" alighted, nor whether they were related to or known to the driver. You don't even know the driver nor his beliefs nor the reason for the discrepancy in the fares - if at all, so it's therefore presumptuous of you allege discrimination and racism. 

If you paid what you did without question then it what's Gat has stated "p...

Christy Sweet | 20 June 2016 - 10:32:52

Only in Thailand would a person refer to one's self using a racial slang term.

Sam hayman | 19 June 2016 - 22:11:23

I caught a Songthaew from Surin Beach to Cherntalay intersection near police station and 200m from Laguna Phuket. The driver charged me 200 bht however the other passengers where only paying 40 bht.

Shows you how much discrimination and racism there is in Thailand.

Joe12 | 19 June 2016 - 19:54:19

Gat...excellent comment to which I wholeheartedly agree. 

200THB or $7 to $8 is small change to a tourist. It sure beats walking 1 kilometre in the oppressive heat. Tourists are like everyone else and would have researched the costs of private and public transport before they came anyway as well as any other costs.   

Jome | 19 June 2016 - 12:32:23

Gat,I think you are completely wrong....the usual tourist will bear also 1000 THB if having no other choice or being intimitated...but he will think twice or thrice to come back if he has got the feeling if he has got robbed everywhere........

Gat Huckle | 19 June 2016 - 10:29:07

It's called price discovery. The market, obviously, will bear 200 baht for a one kilometer ride. I say it would likely bear 400. Price controls on a service like that won't ever work and should never be considered. In the long run the buyers will determine the price as they always do. I doubt a single tourist will decide against coming to Phuket because of the cost of taxis, and the seller...

slippery snake | 19 June 2016 - 09:41:17

It is disgusting the tuk tuk charges in Patong, to go anywhere is 200B, I never use one, but do when I visit Pattaya as I can go from one end of the beach to the other end for 20B in a cruising tuk tuk that does a curcuit, down one way and back up the second road..  Patong has the same one way roads and exactly the same thing could be done, in fact I read it was going to start with pink and white ...

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